Beauty Store Business magazine - September, 2019

New Leadership Appointments at Henkel Pro Beauty North America

Today, Henkel announced two new leadership appointments in its Beauty Care Hair Professional division.

John Fortunato, who most recently served as general manager for Schwarzkopf and Alterna North America, has been named head of Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional in Canada.

Suzanne Dawson will join Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional in North America as vice president & general manager for Schwarzkopf Professional US and the Global Alterna Hair Care business, located in Culver City, California.

Dawson and Fortunato will both report to Stefan L. Mund, regional head of Beauty Care Hair Professional in North America.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointments of both John and Suzanne, two outstanding leaders in the beauty industry. Both have significant professional beauty experience coupled with a growth-oriented mindset that make each of them the ideal choices for these important roles as we grow our brands,” said Mund. “John is a cohesive team leader with strong vision and proven ability to build organizations and take them to the next level to drive ongoing growth. We are pleased to have him serve as our leader for Henkel Beauty Care Hair Professional in Canada,” said Mund. “Suzanne is widely recognized as a pioneer and expert in active wellness beauty and is a proven global brand builder. As we welcome Suzanne to the Henkel team, we look forward to her entrepreneurial and passionate leadership.”

Fortunato joined Henkel in 2014 and has served as general manager, Schwarzkopf Canada and general manager, Schwarzkopf Canada and head of sales for North America. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the professional beauty industry, previously serving in sales roles at Wella Corporation in Canada and the United States, Kao Professional, and Sexy Hair Concepts. He studied business administration at the University of New Brunswick.

Dawson has more than 25 years of international experience in the professional beauty industry. Previously, she held leadership roles at Aveda Corporation, Estee Lauder, Murad, LVMH, YogaWorks and most recently, as president/co-founder of YUNI Beauty. She holds a degree in marketing from Monash University Australia, attended The Wharton School and was part of the Estee Lauder Executive Program at Vassar College. She is an Ashtanga Yoga-certified teacher.

Henkel's portfolio of well-known consumer and industrial brands includes Schwarzkopf hair care, Dial soaps, Right Guard antiperspirants, professional hair care brand Sexy Hair, Persil, Purex and all laundry detergents, Snuggle fabric softeners as well as Loctite, Technomelt and Bonderite adhesives. North America is an important region for Henkel, with sales of around 5.8 billion US dollars in 2017. North America accounts for 26 percent of the company’s global sales. Henkel employs more than 9,000 people across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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